Sep
29

Joining Forces with Nutanix

I am officially announcing that I will being joining Nutanix as a Sales Engineer for Western Canada. I’ve wrote blog posts on Nutanix before so I guess it’s not a totally shocker that I am joining them. I’ve followed Nutanix since 2011 when they won Best of VMworld 2011 but turned fan boy after watching the Tech Field Day video.

It was hard for me to remove my propeller hat and make a decision based on career path and family because i believe the supporting technology is that good. The excitement of a technology that has the chance to leave a legacy on the IT industry is a huge opportunity. After talking to some of Nutanix’s brightest executives I was sold on their roadmap and how they approach to people & business.

I am leaving behind a pretty stellar cast of people at my current place of work. I only have good things to say about my soon to be former employer. If fact upon handing my resignation , I was asked what they could do for me to make is easier for me! Lots of people to learn from there. (My current employer doesn’t like being publicly mentioned). If you know where I work, I would encourage you to stalk the job board.

Why I think Nutanix is the best choice for Converged Infrastructure:

1) No SAN! – I’ve worked in lots of places where if the SAN administrator left the company, it would spell bad times. On the same note, lots of companies don’t have the time nor people to properly maintain a SAN. I believe eliminating the SAN gives you the ability to be more like the large service providers. How many VM’s per admin are you at today? The Amazon’s of the world are running at the 10,000 to 1 ratio.

2) Scalability – Known amounts of compute, storage and networking. When you reach capacity you add another block. You can be guaranteed that it will scale to your needs. VDI, Cloud or Hadoop are all in the wheel house of this 2U appliance. A company can start a initiative without spending millions of dollars to find out the project doesn’t meet the business needs, or if the project was went really well and you need to add an extra 1000 desktops, no worries.

3) Density – Ever had to troubleshoot a traditional blade infrastructure? It’s not fun if a networking issue crops up, I can tell you that. The vast majority of IT people can support a 1U server, it’s a lot harder to find staff to support the blade world. No messing around with who is going to support the interconnects.

They’re lots of other reason why I think Nutanix is amazing but that’s not the purpose of this post. I just don’t want people thinking I am crazy for leaving a great job behind. Ok….maybe a little 🙂 I will still be active on my blog and on twitter. Might see a little more posts on Hadoop but I will still keep my eye on End User Computing.

I start my new role start on October 22, 2012. My email address will be dwayneATnutanixDOTcom. I am looking forward to meeting old and new friends on my journey. This is a very exciting time for me and the industry.

Posts I have written about Nutanix:

So Your Boss Thinks You’re Stupid – Converged Infrastructure

Nutanix: Drop It Like It’s Hot

VMware and Nutanix Give Wings to Hadoop

Don’t Act a Fool: Use a View Appliance

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